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Tiamzons to walk free

  • Written by Itchie Cabayan
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ANY day now the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 is expected to grant the urgent motion for release on bail of the three consultants of the National Democratic Front- Communist Party of the Philippines.

It was learned that during the hearing at the sala of Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina, the prosecution, through the Department of Justice, did not object to the petition of spouses Wilma and Benito Tiamzon and their associate Adel Silva.
The DoJ however said that the three must be made to follow certain conditions for their provisional liberty.        
The conditions stipulate that the three are to use their liberty merely to attend the slated Norway peace talks, that they should post P100,000 bond and leave their contact numbers and that they should report to the Philippine Embassy in Oslo, Norway if and when needed.
Once the talks are over, all three will have to return and their bail bond are to be cancelled.
Commissioner Rene Sarmiento of the Goverment Peace Panel told the court that the role of the Tiamzons and Silva are significant in the peace talks and that in the past, similar requests have been granted by courts.  All three are members of the NDF peace panel.
Sarmiento appealed to the court to expedite the decision on the motion since the start of the peace on August 20 is drawing near.
The three are facing multiple murder charges in connection with a mass grave found in Leyte in 2006.